8.3

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$667.00
Average Mileage:
86,870 miles
Total Complaints:
63 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. dodge should recall the dash (40 reports)
  2. not sure (15 reports)
  3. new one (8 reports)
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problem #63

Aug 042012

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

So I was given this car by my godfather a few years back and it just had a little crack in the dash. Obviously I got a free car so there is but so much complaining I can do. Today I went outside to clean out some cloths from my car and noticed the entire dash is cracked and caving in! My boyfriend just got me a new radio for Christmas and he also does hydro dipping and was going to customize some interior pieces. Now I'm so upset that my dash looks like crap.

I've read some of the horror stories of people getting plastic blown at them or their electrical equipment failing. If that happens Dodge will not want to be on the other end of the phone with me. This is ridiculous!!

- , Portsmouth, VA, USA

problem #62

Jun 012009

Ram 1500 SLT V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

I am a proud Dodge vehicle owner. I own a 97 and 98 Ram 1500. Both of which have busted Dashboards. This has become quite problematic as the hard pieces will fall into the dash & creates a rattle. Also they come off in very jagged pieces & create a hazard to myself & others. I also own a 2002 Intreped as well as a 2004 Ram 1500. As a loyal customer for many years, I would think that Dodge would stand good for this Dash issue even though it's not officially a recall of any kind.

- , Savannah, GA, USA

problem #61

Sep 012003

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

started years ago cracked and continued to crack until a big hole was in it.

- , MARY ESTHER, FL, USA

problem #60

Mar 302013

(reported on)

Ram 1500 Leramie 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,652 miles

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cracked dashboard

II AM REALLY UPSET RIGHT NOW ABOUT THE HAND THAT I WAS DELT WITH AS I HAS A 1998 DODGE RAM 1500, V8 MAGNUM ,AUTOMATIC AND WAS PLANING TO ADD FEW MORE [ THE 3500 SLINGSHOT & ANOTHER 1500 ] MY DASH BOARD & BEZEL IS COMPLETLY CRACKED UP LIKE LITTLE PUZELS AND JUST WHEN I TRIED STICKING IT ANOTHER CRACK ACCURE NEXT TO IT , I'M SO UPSET ABOUT THIS AS I HAD ALREADY RECOMENDED TO SOME FRIENDS TO BUY SOME MORE RAM TRUCKS HMMMMM NOW I'M THINKING ABOUT ANOTHER DEALER , WE BROUGHT OUR TRUCKS TO BARBADOS SO RIGHT NOW ITS ABOUT $ 625.00 UV DASH & $ 449.00 UV BEZEL PLUS FRAIGHT FROM MIAMI ANOTHER $ 268.00 [ BARBADOS DOLLARS ] WHY DOES DODGE RAM OUTER WINDOW WEATHER STRIPS STEEL RUST AND CAUSE THE RUBBER TO BULDGE , WHY DON'T THERE USED AN ILLUMINUM GRADE METAL ?

- , Bridgetown, Barbados, Barbados

problem #59

May 012006

Ram 1500 4.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

In early 2005, my 1998 Dodge Ram dashboard cracked on the passenger side. Around May 2006, it actually broke apart into pieces on the driver's side. You could fit a loaf of bread in there! Dodge of course told me it was my problem (thanks Dodge but I wasn't the one who selected inferior plastics during the production process). This gaping hole causes the a/c to be very inefficient and it makes me question how safe this is. I think the airbag would deploy normally but because of all the jagged edges (which are sharp), I wonder if they might pierce the airbag reducing it's effectiveness. Not something I want to find out on my own. I've priced a new dash (made with the exact same inferior plastic) at $1800 plus another $500 to install (uh.... no.) but I think this is something Dodge should fix as it's a potential safety issue.

- , Lutz, FL, USA

problem #58

Jun 012010

Ram 1500 SLT 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 146,000 miles

This effects the defrosting of the window in the truck. Dodge certainly should recall this dash!

- , Lebanon, Oregon, USA

problem #57

Oct 012012

Ram 1500 SLT 5.2L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 146,000 miles

I spoke with Dodge today and the told me that because the truck is out of warranty and I am not the original owner they can't help me. Obviously this problem goes way beyond me. How is this not recalled? Dash covers don't help when you have no dash. The worst is now that it is cracked, you can't even touch the dash much less work on it because it will crumble and get worse. This is a travesty!!!

- , Lillington, NC, USA

problem #56

Aug 212004

Ram 1500 ST 3.9L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

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cracked dashboard

Be careful is all I have to say. Dodge/Dealer no help. Cut wrist on dash. Should be a recall with UV protected plastic.

- , Spring, TX, USA

problem #55

Jan 302000

Ram 1500 318

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

The truck was barley 2 years old, I go get in it one day and the dash has a crack in it. Don't know why cause it is very well taken care of, Now i'm using anything that will stick to keep it from blowing out the windows or falling in my lap, Come on Dodge this really bad in any others I have looked at. The Dodge dash needs to be fixed! My truck looks like sh*t and the dash could hurt someone just by wiping the windshield. I did not pay good money for a cheap made truck! Just really disappointed. By the way, I can't fix the dash with super glue!

- , Hendersonville, N.C, USA

problem #54

Jun 152002

Ram 1500 318

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,000 miles

my dodge dash on my 1500 4x4 goes through more packs of cigarettes a year than i do. every time i place a pack on the dash it slides and falls into oblivion somewhere through one of the many holes in the dash. we must have sucker written all over us. normal wear and tear my ass, if that were the case there would be no classic cars with dashboards in them my grandfathers 72 duster with 580 thousand miles has a beautiful dash that was american pride, now we have americans who hide and ignore consumers problems. boycott those who only help themselves and could care less about the average joe

- , North, VA, USA

problem #53

Jan 022010

Ram 1500 Laramie Slt 318 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,685 miles

Sorry dashboard and sorry paint job-but that is another problem. Truck has always been very well taken care of, bought brand new in 1998-now has these really ugly problems.

- , Brevard, NC, USA

problem #52

Nov 202004

Ram 1500 5.1L

  • Manual transmission
  • 67,500 miles

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cracked dashboard cracked dashboard

After viewing all the other complaints about this, I think Dodge should issue a recall and find a supplier to manufacturer a dash that will hold up!!!!

- , Bend, OR, USA

problem #51

Jul 012008

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,300 miles

WE LOVE OUR TRUCK BUT THE DASH IS HORRIBLY WE ARE HAVING TO PAY FOR A NEW ONE AND ITS NOT RIGHT SO IF DODGE WANTS US TO BUY ANOTHER DODGE THEY NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. ALSO THE AIRCONDITIONER WENT OUT ON IT WE PAID 500.00 TO GET IT FIXED AND THEY DIDN'T FIX IT RIGHT BECAUSE THE WHOLE DASH BOARD HAS TO COME OUT SO HE CAN GET TO THE AIRCONDITIONER COMPONETS SO WE CAN HAVE A COOL RIDE IN THIS HOT 98 WEATHER. SO PLEASE HELP US BECAUSE WHEN THE ECONNY GETS BETTER WE WANT TO BUY A NEW ONE IF THAT HAPPENS. I'M HOPING AND PRAYING. GOD BLESS AND HAVE A GREAT DAY SHIRLEY PRESLEY

- , Manchester, Georgia, USA

problem #50

Dec 252004

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Dashboard is unsafe because of sharp fragments that have broken off.

- , Palm Bay, Florida, USA

problem #49

Mar 012011

Ram 1500 V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

this crack has developed big enough to put a dog in it, and it is still moving across to the passenger side. the pieces are big as saucers. if i was in a wrack the pieces could go through my children like glass. i think that dodge should fix this problem since it has been going on for 8-9 years according to your ad. i also read that their is a problem with the airbags it may not go off because of the dash being cracked, so what protection do i have? this is not a safe vehicle to buy if you have children. do you have to be sued in order to fix this problem? get off your lazy butt and do something about this, you know the problem and yet you do nothing about this. all you want is to make your pockets bigger instead of taking care of your customers. a man told me today that a dodge dealer will break parts in order to make you pay for something that is not even broke when you brought it in to the dealer- name of company is big o dodge in greenville sc.

- , Gray Court, SC, USA

problem #48

Oct 012009

Ram 1500 SLT 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I see a lot of vehicles on the road that are as old or older than mine. And I haven't seen any with the dash cracking like the Dodge's do. I understand it's more prominent with some of the newer models but mine still shouldn't be doing it. The fact that dodge can't see the safety issue with this just shows how little they care about the all mighty dollar and not their customers. I should have bought a Ford.

- , Leitchfield, KY, USA

problem #47

Feb 232011

Ram 1500

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

these cracks and splits appeared overnight and look like in an accident they would splinter and send shards around the cabin.

It looks crap and the value of my classic in the making SS/T has just nosedived.

Dodge needs to man up and recall this prob.

Damage to future Dodge sales will be incalculable.

- , Orlando, FL, USA

problem #46

Sep 232002

Ram 1500 5.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

This was the first Dodge vehicle I had purchased in 2002. The dashboard issue is by far the worse complaint I have about the product. Because of the problems associated with the cracked dashboard it's doubtful I would consider purchasing another Dodge product.

- , Leeds, Al, USA

problem #45

May 282004

Ram 1500 Laramie SLT 5.9L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles

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cracked dashboard cracked dashboard

Came out from work one day and to my surprise the dash was cracked. I live in Indianapolis so it doesn't get really hot but this was in late May and it was 60 out. I have yet to hear from one Ram owner whos dash is not cracked. Dodge definitely had a problem here which should have been recalled but never was.

- , Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #44

Jan 142007

Ram 1500 REG CAB V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

The dash is cracking in various places regardless of the fact that the dash has been protected since new with armor all and sunshades.

- , Murfreesboro, TN, USA

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